Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Belmont Mansion located?
Belmont Mansion is located on the campus of Belmont University at the intersection of Acklen Avenue & Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212. We have visitor parking immediatly to the west of our entrance near a gazebo. Additional visitor parking is availavle on Belmont Boulevard near the Lila D. Bunch Library and the Leu Center for Visual Arts, as well as a lot by the Hitch building near Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Please note that the mansion is on the interior of the univeristy campus and is not visible from Wedgewood Avenue or Magnolia Avenue. Please do not park next door at Morningside at Belmont retirement home. That is not part of the campus.
Are there campus activites or construction projects that might impact my wedding or event?
Yes. We are completing a major restoration of our event space, the Grand Salon. Much of the work was completed by the end of March 2019, but additional work on the grand salon ceiling will continue through late winter of 2022. The mansion is an historic site and working house museum, so restoration is an ongoing part of our work. There is almost always something being repaired or restored. Starting in early January 2022, we began a restoration of the barrel vault ceiling in our grand salon. During this time, our elopements and staged photos will be held in the central parlor and in front of the grand staircase, which will still be fully accessible. We anticipate this project to complete by the end of March. Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. Due to our location on the campus, we do not offer outdoor wedding ceremonies or receptions. Additionally, there may be large events on campus that affect access to parking. We try to avoid booking weddings or events at the mansion that would overlap with large events on the north side of campus, such as concerts in the Massey Performing Arts Center.
What are the new Tennessee Laws for Wedding Officiants?
As of Spring 2021, those qualified to officiate wedding ceremonies in Tennessee include judges, notaries public, rabbis, priests and traditionally ordained ministers. (Online ordination is not acceptable.)
Can we view an online calendar of dates available at Belmont Mansion for weddings?
No. Please contact Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings and Rentals to check the mansion's availability.
Can we just drop in to preview the mansion?
No. You must contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to discuss availability and reveiw package options and other key details first. If we have availability in your preferred date range, if our guidelines are acceptable to you, the Director will schedule a preview visit for you for a qualifying event. We do not offer venue previews for our elopement packages. We will schedule previews only for our Micro Wedding Ceremony. Please note that the Director of Weddings & Rentals does not keep regular office hours. He supervises all Belmont Mansion weddings, plus he officiates many weddings and events off-site. He is able to conduct preivews and meetings during mansion tour hours, in the evenings, and on weekends based on availability and by appointment only. If you show up at the mansion without an appointment during museum hours, you will be instructed to contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to make an apointment. Our musuem staff is on site to conduct paid historical interpretation tours of the museum and answer questions about the history of the family that built and lived in the mansion. They are not equipped or trained to answer wedding or event rental questions, nor do they have access to our event calenar.
How do we make a wedding or rental preview appointment?
All Micro Wedding Ceremony preview visits must be scheduled in advance with the Director of Weddings & Rentals. Drop-in visits are not possible due to staffing and parking considerations.You may schedule an appointment by contacting the Director of Weddings & Rentals, Rev. Brandon Rich. You may call or text the Director between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (Central U.S. time) Monday - Saturday, and after 2PM on Sundays, or email him 24/7. Please note that bridal previews are limited to the couple getting married and two additional guests. Due to the museum nature of the venue, we accompany event preview guests at all times during the preview. Please note that preview visits and planning meetings are not offered for any of our elopements. Please limit your group to four individuals for preivews and meetings. Venue preview visits last between 20 and 60 minutes
If your inquiry is after 8:00 PM or before 8:00 AM in the US Central time zone (Monday through Saturday), please send an email only. If your call is on Sunday, please wait until 2:00 PM US Central time. Feel free to email 24/7. Thank you!
Rev. Brandon Rich
Director of Weddings and Rentals
615.305.2021 Business Cell
Do you have recommended or required vendors?
Officiants & Coordinators
Our Director of Weddings & Rentals, Rev. Brandon Rich, who is an ordained and seminary-trained licensed Baptist minister, provides planning and coordination for our various packages. Officiant services and coordination are included and restricted in our bookings. Please contact Rev. Brandon Rich, our Director of Weddings & Rentals with any questions.
Approved Photographer & Photography Coordinators:
Elopements of Nashville
Michael & Michelle Blair
Please note that photo packages must match venue package time. Clients, guests and photographers may not remain on Belmont property beyond the time of client's contact with the venue. This applies to all ceremonies at Belmont Mansion.
Curry & Company Luxury Floral Design
Curry McDaniel, Owner & Lead Designer
2700 Belmont Boulevard. Suite C
Nashville, TN 37212
A Village of Flowers
1712 21st Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Chuck Callahan, violinist & ensemble coordinator
Calligraphy, Tuxedos, Alterations & Stylist Services:
The Lyrical Pen - Elegant Calligraphy
(Phone number and email on their site.)
Nashville, TN 37205
Stitch-It & Co. (Alterations and Custom Apparel)
Nashville, TN 37215
1027 17th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212
2115 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
Cabinberry Farm in Whites Creek
East Nashville Beard & Barber
Brandon Bain, Master Barber
726 McFerrin Avenue #3524
Nashville, TN 37207
Old Town Trolley Tours
Classic Cars, Limos & Shuttles
Hilton Garden Inn
1715 Broadway Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Union Station Hotel
Nashville, TN 37203
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Howard Office Building, Suite 101.
700 Second Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Check their website for the holiday schedule.)
The only County Clerk in middle Tennessee that has any weekend hours is the Bedford County Clerk in Shelbyville, TN. Please note that Shelbyville, TN is 60 miles southeast of Nashville. At present, they are open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.
Please note that you must have a current Tennessee Marriage License in hand before the ceremony. You may not bring an out-of-state Marriage License. Contact the Clerk's office or visit their website for any Marriage License questions.
Does Belmont Mansion allow alcohol and tobacco on the premises?
No. Belmont Mansion does not allow the possession or consumption of alcohol on the premises, including the surrounding campus. All tobacco products are also prohibited in Belmont Mansion and on the surrounding university campus.
When do elopements and micro wedding ceremonies take place?
All ceremonies must take place outside of museum hours. Due to parking considerations and museum tours, ceremonies take place at 5:00 PM or later. We do not host ceremonies in our event space during museum tours hours. We do not host any outdoor weddings.
What are the best driving directions to Belmont Mansion?
For the most accurate driving directions, please use Belmont Boulevard & Acklen Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. For previews and meetings you may park in the Visitor Parking Lot located just west of Belmont Mansion, next to one of our gazebos. Additional visitor parking is available in the surrounding areas. Please note that our mailing address should not be used in a GPS search.
Where can we tell our guests to park?
Belmont Mansion Events have access to all parking lots and garages on Belmont University's campus, subject to availability. All parking near Belmont Mansion is free of charge. The university has parking lots very near the mansion. A visitor lot adjacent to the home serves Belmont Mansion and Fidelity Hall. Additional parking may be found in visitor designated lots or in the Curb Event Center garage: 1520 Bernard Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the closest parking spaces will be available, but we will make every effort to accommodate your guests. A Belmont University parking map may be found here.
Do you have a handicap-accessible entrance?
Guests needing ramp or elevator access should contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals in advance of arrival. Elevator access is available in the Jack C. Massey College of Business building immediately east of Belmont Mansion. After business hours the doors to Massey may be located and it is best for an event staff worker to accompany you.
Do you accept online payment for weddings?
We accept online payments via PayPal invoices. If you are ready to make a payment, please contact Rev. Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org for your personalized invoice. Please do not attempt to send an electronic payment to us on your own. Rev. Rich issued online invoices.
Do we need a marriage license?
Couples who wish to be legally married are responsible for obtaining a Tennessee marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony at Belmont Mansion. Out-of-state marriage licenses are not acceptable. Tennessee marriage licenses require the signatures of both parties getting married (obtained upon application at the clerk’s office) and of the officiant. Tennessee does not require a witness. Only Tennessee marriage licenses issued up to 30 days prior to the wedding are valid for weddings at Belmont Mansion. Click here for information regarding the Davidson County Clerk's Office. Please note that you are welcome to bring a marriage license from any of the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee.
Are there restrictions regarding who may get married or who may officiate at Belmont Mansion weddings?
We celebrate and affirm love at Belmont Mansion! We are pleased to provide micro wedding ceremonies and elopements for all happy couples and their guests. Restrictions at Belmont Mansion are related to the following: officiant, coordinator, photography, video, available dates and times, guest capacity, exclusive vendors, the prohibition of alcohol, prohibition of fireworks and other dangerous items, permissible decorations and other reasonable guidelines.
Do you have overnight accomodations at Belmont Mansion?
No. We do not offer lodging of any form, nor do we have a restaurant or any in-house catering. We are a set up as a museum. We rent out our Grand Salon for weddings in the evening, after our daily museum tours. There is no option to spend the night at Belmont Mansion.
Ceremonies are booked on a first come, first served basis. All bookings are secured with a signed contract and full payment.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to charge additional fees to cover extra staffing costs for weddings on holidays or holiday weekends. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to adjust the rental time at booking due to activities at Belmont Mansion or on the surrounding university campus, which would usually involve a later arrival time and a later exit time.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to refuse a booking more than 18 months in advance of a prospective rental event.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict the use of vendors at any time.
Please note that Belmont Mansion is decorated for Christmas from the middle of November (several days before Thanksgiving) until after New Years's Day. We do not take down any of our Christmas decorations for weddings.
Belmont Mansion is a house museum. At any given time, we may be in the midst of a renovation or restoration project which might impact an event. Please check with the Director of Weddings & Rentals with questions.
Any issues or questions not covered on the website should be directed to the Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings & Rentals at Brandon.Rich@belmont.edu or by phone at 615.305.2021 (business cell). Calls are welcome from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time (U.S.). You may email 24/7.
Alcohol is prohibited at Belmont Mansion and on the surrounding campus of Belmont University.
Belmont Mansion is an active and popular museum with daily tours until 4:30 PM, so all weddings are only held in the evening. Access to the mansion for weddings begins after daily museum tours with ceremonies scheduled during hours when the mansion is already closed.
Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. The exterior of the mansion and the surrounding campus are a beautiful backdrop or staged bridal photography, but we do not host outdoor ceremonies.
All bridal previews and planning meetings are scheduled by appointment in advance by the Director of Weddings and Rentals. Drop-in visits are not allowed. Previews are only offered for the Micro Wedding Ceremony.
Bridal meetings and previews are not offered for our small elopement bookings.
The use of tobacco products is prohibited inside the mansion an on the Belmont campus.
All ceremonies require contract full payment to secure a booking.
Belmont Mansion is decorated for Christmas from mid-November through early January. The schedule is at the discretion of Belmont Mansion management.
Belmont Mansion has suspended offering new bookings for large weddings and any wedding receptions (food & beverage) events due to COVID-19, but we are happy to provide referral to another venue.
Please note that Belmont Mansion began a major restoration project in January 2022 to restore the ceiling of the grand Solon. Once completed, the ceiling will be a sky mural matching the ceiling above the staircase. Please keep this in mind when you view pictures and videos on this site.
All elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion are officiated and coordinated by our Director of Weddings & Rentals and his staff. Outside officiants and coordinators are not allowed for elopements and micro wedding ceremonies.
All photography at elopements and micro wedding ceremonies at Belmont Mansion is restricted to the photography companies approved by the mansion and listed on this website and in our rental contracts. Please use the contact information that we provide here on the website and on our reservation forms and contracts. Our approved photographer is Elopements of Nashville.
Ceremonies with guests at Belmont Mansion are scheduled outside of our daily museum tour hours. Due to the private and brief nature of the Studio Elopement, it may be scheduled at virtually any time of the day, provided the Director of Weddings has availability. The Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement may be booked after daily museum tours, based on availability. The Micro Wedding Ceremony may be booked with ceremony at 5:00 PM or later on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday bookings at 5:00 PM or later are possible for large groups, but not encouraged due to parking considerations on campus.
Belmont Mansion's Director of Weddings & Rentals will offer one bridal preview visit for the Micro Wedding Ceremony prior to booking. Preview and planning meetings are limited to the couple getting married plus two guests. All preview and planning meetings are scheduled and conducted by the Director of Weddings & Rentals personally and by appointment only. Drop-in visits are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. No preview or planning meetings are provided for the Studio Elopement, Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement or Getaway Plus Elopement.
All weddings at Belmont Mansion are scheduled and booked in advance by appointment only. Drop-in ceremonies are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. Meetings /previews are by appointment only.
Belmont Mansion and the surrounding campus maintains a no-alcohol and no-smoking/no-tobacco policy.
Please note that Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict which days of the week and specific dates that will be made available for elopement weddings based on expected market demand for larger traditional weddings and other events.
For detailed information, please read the rental contracts on this website or contact the Director of Weddings and Rentals. You may call or text between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM in the Central time zone Monday - Saturday and from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays at 615.305.2021. You are welcome to email anytime at Brandon.Rich@belmont.edu .